School Safety Month

School Safety Month
Posted on 10/05/2021

School Safety Month

Throughout the month of October, West Essex Middle School promotes school safety.  In fact, each week has a unique theme, including a national Week of Respect, the New Jersey School Violence Awareness Week, and Red Ribbon Week.  Read below for more details.

  • Week of Respect

Beginning the Week of October 4, New Jersey school districts observe The Week of Respect by providing age-appropriate instruction on harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) laws.  Through counselor driven lessons and activities, emphasis is placed on creating a common language among our middle schoolers, so that they are able to identify and report incidents to an appropriate adult.

  • NJ School Violence Awareness Week 

The NJ School Violence Awareness campaign, which begins the Week of October 18, “draws attention to the continuing problem of school violence and educates everyone about how schools can be made safer and more secure” (  According to the New Jersey Department of Education, “This week affords a great opportunity for districts and schools to bring staff, students, parents, and law enforcement together to be active participants in the important work of violence prevention and school safety.”

  • Red Ribbon Week 

Known nationally as the Red Ribbon Campaign, West Essex Middle school will celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 25 thru October 29.  Red Ribbon Week focuses on substance abuse.  Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.   Student Assistance Counselor, Marie Purcell, will provide valuable grade-level assemblies that concentrate on alcohol and marijuana, as well as current trends in vaping.  To conclude the week, students are encouraged to sign the Red Ribbon banner, taking the pledge to live drug and alcohol free.  

For more information on all of our events, please read the WEMS Guidance Newsletter.